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2020 has been a roller coaster of a year. With a global pandemic and social unrest, it is now more important than ever to vote. Missouri Weste… READ MORE

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By: Parker Williamson In this week’s National Recap we take a look at Warren’s poll progress, wall building funds and the war on assault weapons. Warren pulled ahead of Biden in the recent Iowa poll In the latest Iowa poll, Senator Elizabeth Warren took at two-point lead over Joe Biden. This is the first time […] READ MORE

By: Parker Williamson Last week in the news, e-cigarettes, election battles and electronic innovation spread across national headlines.   Link between e-cigarettes and deaths/lung damage After six recent deaths related to e-cigarettes and vaping, President Donald Trump and other government officials are considering putting limitations on e-cigarette products. Trump’s proposed ban would rid the market of […] READ MORE

When people think about the rising cost of college education, they assume tuition costs are the main culprit. What they may not know is the extensive and often hidden department program fees are usually responsible. College students pay thousands of dollars in tuition each year, which often forces them to take out loans. However, many […] READ MORE

By:Dayton Bissett A bill that allows faculty to conceal and carry on campus just passed legislature. House Bill 575, if passed, will potentially allow certain staff members who get proper training and are approved by the Department of Public Safety to conceal and carry on campus. Risk manager on campus, Tim Kissock, gives his viewpoint […] READ MORE

By: Parker Williamson President Donald Trump signed an executive order addressing free speech on college campuses. The order is supposed to withhold federal grant money from institutions that are believed to not be promoting the freedom of inquiry. Trump said that he is fighting for the rights of students across America. “You [students] refuse to […] READ MORE

The Oscars Academy Award Show has undergone heavy scrutiny this year due to a series of unpopular moves such as announcing a popular movie category, fewer musical performances and the Kevin Hart scandal. The announcement to move four awards to the commercial break – cinematography, editing, hair and makeup and best live action film – […] READ MORE

Last week an email hoax threatening gun violence on school campuses swept through the United States, causing the FBI and Missouri Western administration concern. At least 46 states have been involved in an email hoax that according to The Mercury News in San Jose, California, has been sent by a Swiss cyber group. The hoax has gained […] READ MORE

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On December 20, Republicans followed through on their promise to pass a tax reform bill through Christmas. The tax plan represents the largest one-time tax decrease in American History and it should result in the majority of American citizens seeing a tax decrease the next time they pay their taxes. While students will see an […] READ MORE

On September 7, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that her department would review measures put in place during the Obama Administration on how colleges and universities investigate sexual assault, with the idea of changing or even repealing some of them. Those exact change that may be proposed or may go into effect is unknown, Missouri […] READ MORE

Guns may be coming to campuses all across Missouri in the near future. Senate Bill 731 and its identical House Bill 1910 would remove the current ban on conceal and carry weapons on college campuses. This means that anyone aged 19 and above who completes the required courses and registration associated with conceal and carry […] READ MORE

The first primary of the 2016 U.S. presidential race saw defeats for establishment candidates. New Hampshire was feeling the Bern Tuesday night as its Democratic Party overwhelming voted for the Vermont senator in the primary. At press time, Sanders had 59.9 percent of the Democratic vote of the state. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton staked out 38.4 […] READ MORE

A proposal to strengthen the press rights of student journalist has passed the first step in the legislative process: passing through committee. H.B. 2058 passed through Committee on Emerging Issues unanimously Wednesday with a 9-0 vote. The legislation, so called the “Walter Cronkite New Voices Act,” was proposed by Missouri Western alum Rep. Elijah Haahr […] READ MORE

Missouri’s presidential primary may not be until March, but its neighbor to the north voted Monday night and the votes are in. In the 2016 Presidential Iowa Caucus, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won his party’s caucus with 28% of the vote. Finishing in second and third place for the Republicans was Donald Trump with 24% […] READ MORE

In compliance with upcoming federal changes to Title IX, the university has implemented new policies regarding discrimination. Title IX discrimination refers to sex discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, gender identity, and failure to conform to stereotypical notions of femininity and masculinity. Legislation Today Title IX refers to a section of the federal Educations Amendments […] READ MORE

“If society will not admit of women’s free development, then society must be remodeled,” Elizabeth Blackwell, first women to receive a medical degree in the US once said. Women’s History Month took place this month, starting March 1 and will be ending on March 31. Several events have taken place since its start, including screening […] READ MORE

Dr. Gerise Herndon will be coming to Missouri Western State University as a guest speaker to talk to the students about post-conflict Rwanda  and the recovery. Herndon will be arriving on March 2 to teach the students of Western’s campus. Herndon became an expert in the case of Rwanda years ago when she met a French professor […] READ MORE

For as long as many can remember, questions about homosexuality and its relation to the Bible have surfaced. On Oct. 29, three local church affiliates joined a crowd of questioning faces to discuss how LGBT and faith collide. The panel consisted of Steven Andrews, pastor at Parkville Presbyterian Church; Brian Kirk, pastor at First Christian […] READ MORE

A crowd of family and friends watched on as the 50 members of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing class of 2016 were called on stage to be cloaked in white lab coats. The students received this honor in Kemper Recital Hall on Oct. 9. For many years, White Coat ceremonies have been held in order to […] READ MORE

Fifty years ago, this past November 22nd, President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas. Thirty minutes after being shot the president was announced dead; a nation went into mourning.Film shows groups of people huddled around a car radio and the gasp of disbelief and heartbreak of our citizens. Now, fifty years later, we may ask […] READ MORE

Most students are not feeling the weight of the government shutdown directly, however, a select few at Western — as well as some faculty — are feeling it directly. Those students who were selected for verification that have already completed their forms do not need to worry, but, those who waited may face an obstacle. […] READ MORE

Western’s campus has seen an increase among minorities over the past five years. In the spring of 2009, Western stood at 17.7 percent minority rate among students on campus. That number has since increased 2.1 percent which has Western’s minority students at 19.8 percent in spring 2013. The Asian student number at Western in 2012 […] READ MORE

Discussions about a Missouri House Bill have left university faculty with concerns. HB 70 would give faculty the right to conceal and carry guns on campus during school hours. Western’s faculty have voiced their opinion on whether they agree with the message the bill is trying to portray. Dr. Robert Vartabedian, president of Missouri Western […] READ MORE

One Missouri Western student was selected for the opportunity to serve in the 2012 political process. Ellis Cross, news editor for the Griffon News, was selected by fellow Republicans to serve as an alternate delegate for the National Republican Convention in Tampa, Fla., last month. The trip was more than just a moment for Cross to meet […] READ MORE

  Republican National Convention began this morning with excitement since yesterdays events were canceled due to the tropical storms. Ellis Cross, News Editor for the Griffon News is in Tampa, Florida this week covering the Republican National Convention. He spent much of today shooting photos, videos, and speaking to numerous guest about the the Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Cross […] READ MORE

The Republican National Convention is off to a good start with a few minor obstacles. News Editor Ellis Cross has just arrived in Tampa, Fla., where the RNC is to be held. He said that activities start for him today at noon. Cross stated in his blog thecrossreference.wordpress.com that yesterday at 7:38 p.m. eastern, the […] READ MORE

One Missouri Western student will have the opportunity to travel to Tampa, Fla. on August 27 to be part of this year’s Republican National Convention. Ellis Cross, news editor for the Griffon News was elected as alternate delegate by the Missouri Republican State Caucus along with fellow members of the state. Cross said that students […] READ MORE

The college republicans have different views of the Republicans candidates running for President, but they all agree that they want anyone but Obama.  The officers of the College Republicans have made their picks for President of the United States to go against President Obama this fall. Each officer of the organization has chosen a different […] READ MORE

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After speaking at the Eggs and Issues event held Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. in Fulkerson Center, retired U.S. diplomat William Armbruster said, “As … READ MORE

After speaking at the Eggs and Issues event held Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. in Fulkerson Center, retired U.S. diplomat William Armbruster said, “As I looked out on the crowd I saw the minefield.” He was referring to his presentation, “The Middle East- Then and Now,” where he saw members of the Muslim mosque, United States […] READ MORE

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Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and prominent conservative speaker, has been selected by Missouri Western to speak at the 17th annual Convocation on Critical Issues. The convocation will take place on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 9:30 a.m. in the Looney Complex and will be free and open to the public. […] READ MORE

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To some people, the tragic earthquake in Haiti may seem like an issue millions of miles away. But for long-time Western employee Andrew McGarrell, the incident hit much closer to home. McGarrell, a cataloging librarian at Missouri Western for 22 years, lost his only sibling—Flores McGarrell—in the Haitian earthquake on Jan. 12. Thirty-five-year-old “Flo” was […] READ MORE

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If you sneezed at the event featuring Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, a dozen well-trained eyes sharply focused on you. Biden was well protected when he delivered his campaign speech to a crowd of approximately 1,200 people on Oct. 9, in the M.O. Looney Complex. Security was in full force as local law […] READ MORE

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A long line of students, faculty and others anxiously waited to see Obama’s vice presidential candidate for the first time in person. The entire campus had been talking about his arrival since Tuesday night, when everyone first learned he would be coming on Thursday. Aside from the group of protestors standing outside with signs, people […] READ MORE

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She was a high school homecoming queen, and he starred in the 2007 flick “The Assassination of Jesse James.” She is a Libertarian Individualist who served as a political director for President George H. Bush’s re-election campaign in 1992, while he served as Clinton’s. They were married shortly after that election.  The two political rivals […] READ MORE

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The dust of Virginia Tech has settled, however, the minds of students, parents, faculty and administrators across the nation have not. READ MORE

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By Djamila Grossman PHOENIX – The Arizona Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to consider the legality of a case in which former University of Arizona students sued the Arizona Board of Regents for increasing tuition by nearly 40 percent in 2003. READ MORE

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By Jason Koebler COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Growing concerns about the spread of human papillomavirus may lead to a vaccine, now available for women, to be administered to men. READ MORE

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By Megan Menard TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – He gave in to peer pressure and illegally took a Lortab. He couldn’t  sleep well, so he bought Xanax from another student. He had to stay up to study for finals, so he got Adderall from a friend. READ MORE